Purchased the vehicle brand new in 2/04.
Followed the recomended mantenance religiouly. In the years I've owned the vehicle I was left stranded 4 times and needed to be towed to a garrage.
Tow #1 60K miles. Water pump (make of PLASTIC) failed causing the engine to overheat.
Tow #2 75K miles. Fuel Pump failure.
Tow #3 100K miles. car would not start. Brand new spark plugs were dirty and needed to be cleaned.
Simple issue is a major problem when stranded.
Tow #4 120K miles. water pump (Aagain!) after inspection, we needed, new water pump, timing belt, tensioners, cam seal, aux fan, main fan bearing, new belts, to the tune of 2K from a reputable 3rd party VW mechanic.
Never Again VW!
Exterior and paint still look brand new after almost 9 years.
Car floats like a cloud when on the highway.
Ride quality is comparible to a luxury vehicle or at least something upscale like Acura or Infinity.
Solid factory sound system and great attention to detail on the interior.
Prior to owning my VW, I had a 1997 Civic that I drove for 175K miles with zero issues.
Better headlight lenses.
They fog up like no other vehicle I've seen on the road.
Better engine compartment design. I have to remove parts of the engine to change the airfilter.
Every other car on planet earth has the airbox front and center so any novice can replace it.
I cannot understand how VW can have any sort of customer loyalty when your read the counless horror stories of things that go wrong with their cars and the massive amount of money to fix them.
2004 Volkswagen Passat GLX Fwd 4dr Sedan (2.8L 6cyl 5A)
i hate a car in front of me which caused other 2 cars ahead to be involved in the accident. the damage was severe as the whole front of the car was crashed including the engine and the passenger was fatally injured, he had a shoulder dislocation. what surprised me are the airbags, they never deployed even though i was driving 60 mph. after few days volkswagen of America sent an engineer to inspect the car. After he left i noticed the seatbelts are loose and the bottom cover is opened, it seems like he did it in purpose. before he came the seat belts were fine. what most surprised me is his decision that the airbags can't deployed in this case. iIshowed him the bottom of the car where is the chassis, it was bent from the direct impact of the forces that came through the bumper which also cause the front beam to twist, but never gave me a satisfied explanation. People who try to buy this car and have kids please be aware of this safety issue, my family was blessed to get out of this accident just with a shoulder dislocation, which could be worst.
My next step is lawsuit against VW.
The car is fun to drive, AWD 4motion is amazing, and it does deliver fantastic MPG vs other models released the same year.
Here's the issue. Read all other reviews, It's a maintenance lemon! Below I've listed the problems occurred after owning my car for 3 years (2009 - 2012, 54k - 96k miles)
1) Timing belt replaced - $320
2) 2 Coil packs - $240
3) Oil sludge recall - covered fortunately
4) 3 CV boots - $750
5) Oil Cooler failure - $1,600
6) 2 front axles - $360
7) 2 Cylinder Oxygen Sensors - $400
8) Clutch - $800
9) Fuel pump - $800
10) 4 tires - $450
11) 4 brake pads, calipers, rotors - $600
Total repair costs = $6,320
not including routine oil change, tire balancing, etc: $400/year
The best features include:
-great MPG (average 25 mpg mixed city/highway)
-turbo offers great acceleration
-AWD 4motion delivers outstanding traction and handling
-heated front seats great in winter
-audio system above average
-Reliability!!! Problem occurs every 3-6 months after 50k miles.
-Engine design: Very difficult to make repairs yourself.
-Too many recalls
-Does not retain high Kelly Blue Book value
-Costs for yearly maintenance/repair way above average.
-Owned 5 separate vehicles and this gets my lowest value rating.
-Would not recommend to friends/family
I bought my 2004 passat GLX 4motion slightly used with less than 9,000 miles on it.
I lived in North Idaho for 11 years and this little car handled everything the weather threw at it.
Now I'm in Florida and I still love my car. I'm At 65,000 miles and It has had no problems at all.
Zero. I always do the routine maintenance and
It still runs amazingly well.
I have always had Japanese cars with their very good repair record but loved the way this little car handled so I bought it, always thinking if it becomes a problem, I'll sell it and move on.
When it's time to replace this car I'll get another German car.
I just love the way they handle. It's sick, but I do love this car.
Engine, drive train, handling, quiet cabin, did I say engine and drivetrain?
Original owner of a 2004 Passat GLS 1.8T, this has been one great car.
Exceptional performance, handling and fuel economy.
The VW/Audi 4 cylinder turbo engine is one of the most sophisticated production engines being built, and is easy to modify for even better performance and driveability.
Mated with the automatic transmission, a reprogrammed VW turbo provides amazing low-end torque and acceleration.
You can easily out accelerate a V8 powered machine off the line. I also have a 5 series BMW and honestly, this car is more fun to drive - more road feel, lighter, easier to put it where you want it on the road. But don't skimp on maintenance - this car requires regular, skilled car.
Fit and finish - built by German tradesmen
Power - 215 hp from 1.8 liters!
Constant Velocity Transmission - say slingshot!
The car begs to have it's ECM reprogrammed.